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The 2010 EUROSAF European Match Race semifinalists decided

Posted on 14 May 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Hard, Austria: The semifinalists in the 2010 EUROSAF European Match Race Championship were decided today. Four skippers from the Women division and four from the Open division have their berth for the semis guaranteed. Conditions were moderate to light, decreasing as the day progressed and as a result, the race committee was forced to stop the last two races (Bekatorou against Macgregor and Monnin against Arbuzov) earlier, in favor of carrying out the full schedule of semifinal and final races on Saturday.

Women

Cristiana Monina from Italy beat Dutch Renee Groeneveld three nil and advanced to the semifinals. The score doesn’t reflect the tight and close matches they had to sail. As Monina stated, it was a very stressing and tiring day as the crews had to make a very difficult choice on where to go. Under these light conditions, it was almost impossible sniffing where that little extra puff would come from, and for her, the key was to have a clean start, be ahead and cover her opponent until the finish line.

For Lotte Meldgaard from Denmark it was a little bit easier as she had better boat speed upwind in all three races. Rita Gonçalves, her Portuguese opponent was able to make some gains downwind, but not enough to pass.

Lotte Meldgaard is on a roll with a 10-0 winning streak in the round robins and the quarterfinals. Hard, 14 May 2010. Photo copyright Daniel Forster / www.go4image.com

The day’s most exciting quarterfinal was by far the one between Russia’s Ekaterina Skudina and Silke Hahlbrock from Germany. The German started well and won the first two races. At that point it seemed it was over but the Russians didn’t give up. They knew they had to sail flawlessly and so they did. With the dying breeze Skudina used her skills gained from Moscow’s lakes and tied two all.

The decisive match was a real rollercoaster. Hahlbrock forced a penalty on Skudina in the dialup, something “not clever at all” as Skudina admitted, but despite the advantage she went on to pile up on crew errors. A sloppy spinnaker drop at the bottom mark gave Skudina a 26-second advantage that she used in order to offload the penalty at the last top mark. She kept in front of the German and won her ticket to the semifinals.

Ekaterina Skudina gets penalty at the prestart against Silke Hahlbrock but eventually wins the race. Hard, 14 May 2010. Photo copyright Daniel Forster / www.go4image.com

The last quarterfinal of the day, and longest one as the breeze was dropping, saw Britain’s Lucy Macgregor beat Sofia Bekatorou from Greece 2-1. In the first race Macgregor got the upper hand during the prestart, got ahead of her opponent and covered her until the finish line. In the second race the two skippers had a pretty even start but Bekatorou found just a little bit more breeze and was able to be ahead at the first cross, staying in front until the end. In the third and final race Macgregor showed her skills once again at the prestart, squeezing her opponent at the committee boat and forcing her to a windward-leeward incident. Judging she had gained advantage, the umpires red flagged Bekatorou. Facing an opponent with the pedigree of Macgregor, there was little the Greek could do.

Lucy Macgregor advances to the semifinals. Hard, 14 May 2010. Photo copyright Daniel Forster / www.go4image.com

Open

Mads Ebler from Denmark came strong from a very good performance in the round robin and went on to beat Stefan Meister 3-1 and advance to the semifinals.

Pierre-Antoine Morvan also advances with the same score against Jacopo Pasini. Morvan won quite easily the first two races thanks to two “great starts”, as he stated. He was then able to control his opponent even if they were very close races, in particular the first one. His third race finished with a loss due to a wrong tactical call. They fought for the right side at the start and were convinced the right would be favorable but it turned out that a nice left shift benefited Pasini. The final and decisive race was again a story of getting a good start and controlling his opponent.

Alvaro Marinho from Portugal beat Staffan Lindberg 3-1. Marinho was happy with the result, stating he sailed well, having won all 4 starts. It could have even been better because the race lost to Lindberg was decided in the final stretch of the last run. As the two boats were approaching the finish line, the breeze died down but Lindberg got a little puff that allowed him to cross the line in front. According to Marinho, his team has now achieved its initial goal which was to get to the semifinals.

Alvaro Marinho beats Staffan Lindberg and moves on to the semis. Hard, 14 May 2010. Photo copyright Daniel Forster / www.go4image.com

Finally, Eric Monin from Switzerland only had to win two races against Russia’s Andrew Arbuzov. As Monin pointed out, in the first race the start was very close but he managed to cross the line ahead of the Russian and control him until the finish. On the other hand, in the second race, after a split start the two yachts went to opposite sides. As it turned out, the Swiss had opted for the favored side and in the dying breeze finished almost one leg ahead of Arbuzov. Given the extremely light breeze and the tight schedule, the race committee decided to stop that quarterfinal at that stage, in favor of Saturday’s semifinals and finals.

Eric Monin had a great day after a slow start. He finishes second in his round robin group, then beats Andrew Arbuzov at the quarterfinals and moves on to the semis. Hard, 14 May 2010. Photo copyright Daniel Forster / www.go4image.com

2010 EUROSAF European Match Race Championship – Quarterfinals – Provisional Results

Women (in bold advances to semifinals)
Meldgaard (DEN) vs Gonçalves (POR) 3-0
Monina (ITA) vs Groneveld (NED) 3-0
Skudina (RUS) vs Hahlbrock (GER) 3-2
Macgregor (GBR) vs Bekatorou (GRE) 2-1 (Race committee stopped race at that stage)

Open (in bold advances to semifinals)
Morvan (FRA) vs Pasini (ITA) 3-1
Ebler (DEN) vs Meister (GER) 3-1
Marinho (POR) vs Lindberg (FIN) 3-1
Monin (SUI) vs Arbuzov (RUS) 2-0 (Race committee stopped race at that stage)

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Six of the European Match Race Championship Semifinalists decided

Posted on 14 May 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Six out of the eight semifinalists in the 2010 EUROSAF European Match Race Championship have already been decided. Three skippers from the Women division and another three from the Open division have their berth for the semis guaranteed. Conditions have been moderate to light, decreasing as the day progressed

Women
Cristiana Monina from Italy and Lotte Meldgaard from Denmark beat their opponents three nil and now advance to the semifinals. The scores don’t reflect the tight and close matches they had to sail. As Monina stated it was a very stressing and tiring day as the crews had to make a very a difficult choice on where to go. Under these light conditions, it was almost impossible sniffing where that little extra puff would come from. For her, the key was to have a clean start, be ahead and cover your opponent until the finish line.

For Meldgaard it was a little bit easier as she had better boat speed upwind. Her Portuguese opponent was able to make some gains downwind, but not enough to pass.

The day’s most exciting quarterfinal was by far the one between Russia’s Ekaterina Skudina and Silke Hahlbrock from Germany. The German started well and won the first two races. At that point it seemed it was over but the Russians didn’t give up. They knew they had to sail flawlessly and so they did. With the dying breeze Skudina used her skills gained from Moscow’s lakes and tied 2-2.

The decisive match was a real rollercoaster. Hahlbrock forced a penalty on Skudina in the dialup, something “not clever at all” as Skudina admitted, but despite the advantage she went on to pile up on crew errors. A sloppy spinnaker drop at the bottom mark gave Skudina a 26-second advantage that she used in order to offload the penalty at the last top mark. She kept in front of the German and won her ticket to the semifinals.

Open
Mads Ebler from Denmark, came strong from a very good performance in the round robin and went on to beat Stefan Meister 3-1 and advance to the semifinals.

Pierre-Antoine Morvan also advances with the same score against Jacopo Pasini. Morvan won quite easily the first two races thanks to two “great starts”, as he stated. He was then able to control his opponent even if they were very close races, in particular the first one. His third race finished with a loss due to a wrong tactical call. They fought for the right side at the start and were convinced the right would be favorable but it turned out that a nice left shift benefited Pasini. The final and decisive race was again a story of getting a good start and controlling his opponent.

Finally, Alvaro Marinho from Portugal beat Staffan Lindberg 3-1. Marinho was happy with the result, stating he sailed well, having won all 4 starts. It could have even been better because the race lost to Lindberg was decided in the last stretch of the last run. As the two boats were approaching the finish line, the breeze died down but Lindberg got a little puff that allowed him to cross the line in front. According to Marinho, his team has now achieved its initial goal which was to get to the semifinals.

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Women Round Robins at European Match Race Championship completed

Posted on 14 May 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Group B of the Women division has also completed its round robins after carrying out the remaining 3 flights. Cristiana Monina from Italy clinches first place while Greek Olympic medalist winner Sofia Bekatorou climbs three places to 2nd after a 4-0 winning streak. The first four teams of each group advance to the quarterfinals, and the organizers intention is to begin as soon as possible.

2010 EUROSAF European Match Race Championship
WOMEN Round Robins – Final Results

GROUP A (10/10 flights)
1. Skudina,RUS, 8-2
2. Meldgaard, DEN, 7-3
3. Macgregor, GBR, 7-3
4. Groeneveld, NED, 4-6
5. Dekleva, SLO, 3-7
6. Kliba, CRO, 1-9

GROUP B (10/10 flights)
1. Monina, ITA, 7-3
2. Bekatorou, GRE, 6-4
3. Gonçalves, POR, 6-4
4. Hahlbrock, GER, 5-5
5. Bossard, FRA, 4-6
6. Cameselle, ESP, 2-8

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Women Round Robins at European Match Race Championship completed

Posted on 14 May 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Group B of the Women division has also completed its round robins after carrying out the remaining 3 flights. Cristiana Monina from Italy clinches first place while Greek Olympic medalist winner Sofia Bekatorou climbs three places to 2nd after a 4-0 winning streak. The first four teams of each group advance to the quarterfinals, and the organizers intention is to begin as soon as possible.

2010 EUROSAF European Match Race Championship
WOMEN Round Robins – Final Results

GROUP A (10/10 flights)
1. Skudina,RUS, 8-2
2. Meldgaard, DEN, 7-3
3. Macgregor, GBR, 7-3
4. Groeneveld, NED, 4-6
5. Dekleva, SLO, 3-7
6. Kliba, CRO, 1-9

GROUP B (10/10 flights)
1. Monina, ITA, 7-3
2. Bekatorou, GRE, 6-4
3. Gonçalves, POR, 6-4
4. Hahlbrock, GER, 5-5
5. Bossard, FRA, 4-6
6. Cameselle, ESP, 2-8

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European Match Race Championship – Final Results of Round Robin 1 -

Posted on 13 May 2010 by Valencia Sailing

It was expected to be a strong-wing day and so far this morning the weather hasn’t let us down in Hard, Austria. With a fresh breeze between 16-17 knots and gusts that reached 20 knots, the final races of the first Round Robin certainly proved to be testing for the crews but also very exciting for the crowds that came to watch despite the unrelenting rain.

Unlike yesterday, when tactical smarts were the name of the game, Thursday’s strong weather put a premium on crew work, boat handling and smooth maneuvers. Organizers were able to quickly wrap up the remaining 3 flights in the Open division and the 2 flights in the Women division of Group B. Mads Ebler from Denmark won all three matches and is now holding the top spot in Group B with a perfect 5-0 score. Cristiana Monina from Italy won her first race and lost her second one, retaining her first place with a 4-1 score.

The second Round Robin started after a short break, enough for the crews to switch race areas. The Open division will now be racing inside the Binnenbecken inner lake, while the girls will take their turn racing in Lake Constance.

2010 EUROSAF European Match Race Championship – Round Robin 1 – Final Results

Women

Group A (5/5 flights) Group B (5/5 flights)
Skudina,RUS, 5-0 Monina, ITA, 4-1
Macgregor, GBR, 3-2 Hahlbrock, GER, 3-2
Meldgaard, DEN, 2-3 Gonçalves, POR, 3-2
Groeneveld, NED, 2-3 Cameselle, ESP, 2-3
Dekleva, SLO, 2-3 Bekatorou, GRE, 2-3
Kliba, CRO, 1-4 Bossard, FRA, 1-4

Open

Group A (5/5 flights) Group B (5/5 flights)
Meister, GER, 4-1 Ebler, DEN, 5-0
Lindberg, FIN, 3-2 Marinho, POR, 3-2
Morvan, FRA, 3-2 Pasini, ITA, 3-2
Arbuzov, RUS, 2-3 Monnin, SUI, 2-3
Spitzayer, AUT, 2-3 Cherry, GBR, 2-3
Stanczyk, POL, 1-4 Den Boer, NED, 0-5

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European Match Race Championship – Final Results of Round Robin 1 -

Posted on 13 May 2010 by Valencia Sailing

It was expected to be a strong-wing day and so far this morning the weather hasn’t let us down in Hard, Austria. With a fresh breeze between 16-17 knots and gusts that reached 20 knots, the final races of the first Round Robin certainly proved to be testing for the crews but also very exciting for the crowds that came to watch despite the unrelenting rain.

Unlike yesterday, when tactical smarts were the name of the game, Thursday’s strong weather put a premium on crew work, boat handling and smooth maneuvers. Organizers were able to quickly wrap up the remaining 3 flights in the Open division and the 2 flights in the Women division of Group B. Mads Ebler from Denmark won all three matches and is now holding the top spot in Group B with a perfect 5-0 score. Cristiana Monina from Italy won her first race and lost her second one, retaining her first place with a 4-1 score.

The second Round Robin started after a short break, enough for the crews to switch race areas. The Open division will now be racing inside the Binnenbecken inner lake, while the girls will take their turn racing in Lake Constance.

2010 EUROSAF European Match Race Championship – Round Robin 1 – Final Results

Women

Group A (5/5 flights) Group B (5/5 flights)
Skudina,RUS, 5-0 Monina, ITA, 4-1
Macgregor, GBR, 3-2 Hahlbrock, GER, 3-2
Meldgaard, DEN, 2-3 Gonçalves, POR, 3-2
Groeneveld, NED, 2-3 Cameselle, ESP, 2-3
Dekleva, SLO, 2-3 Bekatorou, GRE, 2-3
Kliba, CRO, 1-4 Bossard, FRA, 1-4

Open

Group A (5/5 flights) Group B (5/5 flights)
Meister, GER, 4-1 Ebler, DEN, 5-0
Lindberg, FIN, 3-2 Marinho, POR, 3-2
Morvan, FRA, 3-2 Pasini, ITA, 3-2
Arbuzov, RUS, 2-3 Monnin, SUI, 2-3
Spitzayer, AUT, 2-3 Cherry, GBR, 2-3
Stanczyk, POL, 1-4 Den Boer, NED, 0-5

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Tricky and tough opening day of the 2010 EUROSAF European Match Race Championship

Posted on 12 May 2010 by Valencia Sailing

It was a tough and tricky opening day on Lake Constance for all 24 teams that take part in the 2010 EUROSAF European Match Race Championship. A light and changing breeze kept the crews and organizers on their toes.

The two race committees had a full plate with 30 matches each, divided into two groups. Women sailed inside the Binnenbecken inner lake while the race course for the Open division was set on Lake Constance. Conditions were typical of European lakes and the crews that played the shifts and kept in sync with them had a clear advantage.

Women

In Group A of the Women division the undisputed leader was Ekaterina Skudina from Russia with five bullets. Despite the fact Skudina and her crew have been sailing together for less than a year, the years of training on Pirogovo lake on the outskirts of Moscow bore their fruit. According to Skudina, conditions on the Binnenbecken lake are very similar to the ones in her hometown, so the light winds and shifts they experienced today were a familiar pattern.

Three races, out of the five scheduled, took place in Group B and Italy’s Cristiana Monina came on top undefeated. Yet, as Monina points out, it is still the beginning of a long and challenging week and it is too early to know how it will play out. The key for her today was to keep the boat moving and try to make as few mistakes as possible or at least less than what the other crew made. For Monina, luck could have been a positive factor today but only combined with good crew work.


Open

In Group A, Stefan Meister from Germany caused the biggest upset with 4 victories. As Meister stated, a combination of relaxed sailing and a bit of tactical advantage from sailing in the German and Austrian lakes helped him clinch the top spot as he felt confident with the light breeze and the constant changes in direction. This doesn’t come as a surprise to Pierre-Antoine Morvan, the top seeded skipper of the European Match Race Championship, who knew Meister would be one of the skippers to keep a close eye upon.

Group B had less luck as it was only possible to hold just two races under very light conditions. Mads Ebler from Denmark and Alvaro Marinho are now leading with 2 victories each. For Marinho there was no doubt what the key was in these very tricky conditions; spot the wind and sail there.


Round Robin continues on Thursday

Racing continues tomorrow with another full Round Robin within the four groups. The organizers, weather permitting, will try to fire the starting gun at 10am for another long day on the water.

Set on the banks of beautiful Lake Constance and located a couple of miles from the meeting point of the Austrian, German and Swiss borders, picturesque Hard is an ideal venue. Racing takes place a few dozens of meters from the shore, giving the public the chance to be as close as possible to the action.


2010 EUROSAF European Match Race Championship – Round Robin 1 – Provisional Results

Women

Group A (5/5 flights) Group B (3/5 flights)
Skudina,RUS, 5-0 Monina, ITA, 3-0
Macgregor, ENG, 3-2 Bekatorou, GRE, 2-1
Meldgaard, DEN, 2-3 Gonçalves, POR, 2-1
Groeneveld, NED, 2-3 Cameselle, ESP, 1-2
Dekleva, SLO, 2-3 Hahlbrock, GER, 1-2
Kliba, CRO, 1-4 Bossard, FRA, 0-3

Open

Group A (5/5 flights) Group B (2/5 flights)
Meister, GER, 4-1 Marinho, POR, 2-0
Lindberg, FIN, 3-2 Ebler, DEN, 2-0
Morvan, FRA, 3-2 Monnin, SUI, 1-1
Arbuzov, RUS, 2-3 Pasini, ITA, 1-1
Spitzayer, AUT, 2-3 Cherry, GBR, 0-2
Stanczyk, POL, 1-4 Den Boer, NED, 0-2





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Tricky and tough opening day of the 2010 EUROSAF European Match Race Championship

Posted on 12 May 2010 by Valencia Sailing

It was a tough and tricky opening day on Lake Constance for all 24 teams that take part in the 2010 EUROSAF European Match Race Championship. A light and changing breeze kept the crews and organizers on their toes.

The two race committees had a full plate with 30 matches each, divided into two groups. Women sailed inside the Binnenbecken inner lake while the race course for the Open division was set on Lake Constance. Conditions were typical of European lakes and the crews that played the shifts and kept in sync with them had a clear advantage.

Women

In Group A of the Women division the undisputed leader was Ekaterina Skudina from Russia with five bullets. Despite the fact Skudina and her crew have been sailing together for less than a year, the years of training on Pirogovo lake on the outskirts of Moscow bore their fruit. According to Skudina, conditions on the Binnenbecken lake are very similar to the ones in her hometown, so the light winds and shifts they experienced today were a familiar pattern.

Three races, out of the five scheduled, took place in Group B and Italy’s Cristiana Monina came on top undefeated. Yet, as Monina points out, it is still the beginning of a long and challenging week and it is too early to know how it will play out. The key for her today was to keep the boat moving and try to make as few mistakes as possible or at least less than what the other crew made. For Monina, luck could have been a positive factor today but only combined with good crew work.


Open

In Group A, Stefan Meister from Germany caused the biggest upset with 4 victories. As Meister stated, a combination of relaxed sailing and a bit of tactical advantage from sailing in the German and Austrian lakes helped him clinch the top spot as he felt confident with the light breeze and the constant changes in direction. This doesn’t come as a surprise to Pierre-Antoine Morvan, the top seeded skipper of the European Match Race Championship, who knew Meister would be one of the skippers to keep a close eye upon.

Group B had less luck as it was only possible to hold just two races under very light conditions. Mads Ebler from Denmark and Alvaro Marinho are now leading with 2 victories each. For Marinho there was no doubt what the key was in these very tricky conditions; spot the wind and sail there.


Round Robin continues on Thursday

Racing continues tomorrow with another full Round Robin within the four groups. The organizers, weather permitting, will try to fire the starting gun at 10am for another long day on the water.

Set on the banks of beautiful Lake Constance and located a couple of miles from the meeting point of the Austrian, German and Swiss borders, picturesque Hard is an ideal venue. Racing takes place a few dozens of meters from the shore, giving the public the chance to be as close as possible to the action.


2010 EUROSAF European Match Race Championship – Round Robin 1 – Provisional Results

Women

Group A (5/5 flights) Group B (3/5 flights)
Skudina,RUS, 5-0 Monina, ITA, 3-0
Macgregor, ENG, 3-2 Bekatorou, GRE, 2-1
Meldgaard, DEN, 2-3 Gonçalves, POR, 2-1
Groeneveld, NED, 2-3 Cameselle, ESP, 1-2
Dekleva, SLO, 2-3 Hahlbrock, GER, 1-2
Kliba, CRO, 1-4 Bossard, FRA, 0-3

Open

Group A (5/5 flights) Group B (2/5 flights)
Meister, GER, 4-1 Marinho, POR, 2-0
Lindberg, FIN, 3-2 Ebler, DEN, 2-0
Morvan, FRA, 3-2 Monnin, SUI, 1-1
Arbuzov, RUS, 2-3 Pasini, ITA, 1-1
Spitzayer, AUT, 2-3 Cherry, GBR, 0-2
Stanczyk, POL, 1-4 Den Boer, NED, 0-2





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